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History of Flag Day

We celebrate Flag Day to proclaim a message of pride and dedication to our country, The United States of America. While the US has had multiple flags throughout time, the principle of the holiday remains the same.

A Wisconsin teacher, Bernard Cigrand came up with the idea for an annual flag day, to be celebrated across the country every June 14, 1885. That year, he led his teachers and students in the school for the first formal observance of the holiday. As popularity increased, so did campaigning and celebrating by Americans. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson marked the anniversary of that proclamation by officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day. It is celebrated on the 14th of June to mark the anniversary of the design of the original American flag.

America has had multiple flags throughout the span of history. In fact, the American flag has seen 28 designs since its 1777 debut, adding details as more states joined the nation. The American flag we know and love today is actually relatively new. In the 1950s Bob Heft, a high school student in Ohio borrowed his mother's sewing machine and stitched the 48-star flag into a 50-star flag. He turned his creation into his history teacher, explaining how it was expected that Alaska and Hawaii would soon achieve statehood. Along with his teacher, Heft also sent his flag to congressman, Walter Moeller, who presented it to President Eisenhower once both the new states joined the Union. In 1960, President Eisenhower and Bob Heft raised the new flag for the first time.

Flag day is celebrated and taught throughout schools every year. Even though it is not considered a federal holiday, people everywhere in the United States celebrate by wearing red white and blue, joining parades, and decorating with patriotic decor.

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